This is one of my best hacks.
The idea occurred to me on a winter retreat in Nepal, sleeping sometimes in a tent, other times in a traditional stone built house that was about as cold inside as sleeping in a tent.
In the morning, temperatures could reach freezing point. You know this when you see frost on the ground.
Anyway, it’s really cold, when you wake up in the morning, you don’t really want to get out of your warm sleeping bag, walk a ways in the dark looking for an outhouse to pee.
So after doing that for a while, I thought there must be a better way. There is. I found an old water bottle, and started using that. Didn’t even have to unzip my sleeping bag all the way to do my business.
Back in the USA, I found another awesome application for the same hack. Say you have a drive a long distance, to a retreat center or monastery for example. I was once on one of these very long driving trips during a long stretch of driving, and needed to find a bathroom to pee. I happened to be in an unsavory neighborhood, the kind where residential doors and windows have bars on them, public bathrooms are locked, etc. I went into a restaurant and they refused to let me pee unless I bought something from the menu.
I did end up buying a beverage so I could get a key and pee in their bathroom. What I really wanted to do was say, “you know what, I’m not going buy a beverage, I’m going to pee right here on the floor unless you give me that key to the bathroom.”
Anway, lesson learned, I always keep a one litre empty plastic fruit juice bottle in my car. During a long drive to unfamiliar territory, if ever the need to pee arises, I will not be held hostage again. Ever.